congratulations for turning up at the page

August 20th, 2011 | Category: writing

In the spirit of Steven Soderbergh’s gorgeous acceptance speech from many years ago, this post sends love and congratulations to every writer who keeps turning up at the page (Julia Cameron’s beautiful, trusting phrase, which has held my hand so many times). To everyone writing poems, scripts, novels, plays, lyrics, short stories, creative non-fiction, memoir, reportage – and any other thing that requires the courage to tackle blank pages – congratulations! To unlisted, longlisted, shortlisted, winning, published and yet to be published writers who keep doing that great thing – to writers who are spewing out huge daily word counts, to writers who’ve thrown it all away and started again, and again, to writers who’ve survived the battering of another rejection, and lived to face the page again – to writers who are enjoying success and those yet to share their work with other readers – congratulations, stick with it, you are amazing, and thank you,

yours sincerely,

A reader.

ps. Moira Buffini, thank you for the perfect screen adaptation of one of my favourite books, Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, serious legend.

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  2. DoctorDi says:

    Oh, what a lovely post, Fiona! It’s really lifted my spirits – thank you. And let me add my voice to yours.

    • fiona says:

      Thanks, Di, and thanks for dropping in – I have not been around here much lately, and have no decent excuse (like a new-ish small person, for instance…)

  3. Ali says:

    I love this post. Tonight I am turning up at the page. It’s not such a scary place to be after all.

    • fiona says:

      Thanks, Ali, I burst into tears when I first saw Steven Soderbergh’s speech; it’s so generous. And I think people like you and Dr Di, who not only work professionally in the writing zone, but have small people, and are also managing to fit in your own writing, deserve extra ribbons and medals.

  4. Therese Chapman says:

    HI Fiona,

    We have just read ‘Six Impossible Things’. We love it and will booklist it next year for our Year 9s (160 or so girls). We’ve been studying ‘Alibrandi’ for years and feel that you have brought real teenage issues into the current decade. Beautiful writing.

    will contct booked out to see if you can come and speak to the 9s.

    Cheers and thanks for such an authentic account.


    • fiona says:

      Hi Therese, What a lovely message to come home to! Thank you. I would be thrilled to come and talk to the girls.

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